Backup Without Borders

Posted by R1Soft on May 31, 2013 9:00:00 AM

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Much like the world in the novel and film 1984, there was a time when computing was neatly broken into three distinct monolithic empires— Microsoft, Apple and Linux. Yes, there were distinctions among different flavors of Linux, and even some old Unix variants. There were different versions of Windows to contend with. But between the three there was not much interaction. What worked in one empire, usually did not work in the others. Backup solutions reflected this reality.

Beyond breaking into distinct OS camps, the backup market was even more fragmented. There were backup solutions for databases, backup solutions for applications, backup for just data, configuration backup and on and on. How many different backup solutions could you manage? How many did you want to manage? Let’s not, for now, even discuss the cost of all of these backup solutions.

The good news is that much like that iconic hammer in Apple’s 1984 commercial, R1Soft's server backup solutions have smashed through these monoliths, breaking down the borders and bringing freedom to backup solutions.

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Topics: Continuous Data Protection, windows, Backups, data protection, virtual backup, linux, disaster recovery, virtualization, recovery point, Disk Safe, server backup, restore, recovery

Backup in a Mixed Bag World

Posted by R1Soft on Mar 8, 2013 9:30:00 AM

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There has been quite a bit written recently about the usually static world of backup undergoing sweeping changes. The post-PC era—with the cloud, app-centric strategies, virtualization and diverse operating systems—has put more pressure and higher performance demands on backup solutions than ever before.

In a recent article in Channelnomics, Rethinking Data in a Multifaceted World, the author makes the case that the old one-to-one paradigm of backup to server is gone. Virtualization imposes not only new opportunities for backing up physical servers, but also new responsibilities for backing up virtual servers. In another article on Channelnomics, author Stefanie Hoffman makes the case for the new priorities in backup. 

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Topics: Continuous Data Protection, windows, mysql, Backups, MS SQL Server, Idera, data protection, virtual backup, linux, disaster recovery, virtualization, recovery point, xen, Disk Safe, Hyper-V, server backup, restore

Closing the Virtualized Backup Gap

Posted by R1Soft on Feb 12, 2013 1:00:00 PM

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A few days ago there was a good article by George Crump in Information Week about the gap between traditional backup and recovery solutions and virtualized backup solutions. Crump says that while virtualized backup solutions have some features that are very attractive, especially for virtual server backup, overall they lack some of the high-end features that traditional backup solutions offer.

On the other hand, Crump says that the traditional solutions don’t have some of the attractive features that the virtual solutions offer. He calls this the “Virtualized Backup Gap.” It’s a gap that all of us here at R1Soft seek to close.Truth be told, the virtualized backup gap, much like the old US-USSR “missile gap,” is more perception than reality.

The fact is most virtualized backup solutions have more than enough features to satisfy 99% of the market. The traditional backup solutions that are optimized for big single-use boxes and the old tape infrastructure are quickly becoming dinosaurs. The cloud, virtualization, and new models of backup are making them obsolete.

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Topics: data protection, disaster recovery, VMWare, virtualization, xen, Hyper-V, server backup

What Are Your Server Backup Plans for 2013?

Posted by R1Soft on Dec 13, 2012 5:30:00 PM

Well it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! That means the New Year is just around the corner. Besides the gifts, family and good times, it’s also a time to reflect on the past year and make plans for the next. So, how about it? How did your server backup plans for this year work out? Tell the truth, did you even have a server backup plan?

Hopefully you did. You probably didn’t back up every one of your servers, but if your organization is like most you may have

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Topics: windows, Backups, data protection, linux, data recovery, virtualization, server backup, recovery

A Chicken In Every Pot, A Car In Every Garage and Every Server Backed Up

Posted by R1Soft on Dec 4, 2012 11:30:00 AM

There has been a lot of press coverage and buzz about the release of the new Idera Server Backup product. With the release of Server Backup 5.0

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Topics: windows, Backups, Idera, virtual backup, linux, virtualization, server backup, physical backup

Virtualization has changed the Backup Market

Posted by R1Soft on Nov 15, 2012 10:30:00 AM

If you haven’t already heard Idera has new Server Backup solutions. David Wartell has a blog post up before this one that explains how, to him, server backup should be like buying beer in Costco…. easy.

In making it easy, Idera has done away with all of the option choices that required some sort of Dell Configurator for you to find out what exactly you needed for your backup solution. Now you get just about all of the options included at one really low price. Like David says, sort of like buying in Costco.

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Topics: Backups, VM, virtualization, server backup

CDP Quick Tip #25 – Bare-Metal Restore in XenServer

Posted by R1Soft on Mar 26, 2012 9:00:00 AM

Today’s Quick Tip addresses Bare Metal Restore (BMR) for Citrix XenServer. This is a popular virtualized environment used by many of our customers. While the benefits of BMR to a hosting provider are clear, the process for performing a BMR of a paravirtualized machine may not be as obvious.

A challenge that we have seen customers run into with BMR of a Citrix Xen paravirtualized (PV) machine is that the BMR is successful, but the restored machine does not boot properly or does not run in a paravirtualized mode. This is due to the nature of backups of paravirtualized machines  (using xvda instead of sda) as shown below.

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Topics: Backups, XenServer, Bare-Metal Restore, BMR, CDP Quick Tips, virtualization, xen

What is Cloud Computing?

Posted by R1Soft on Mar 2, 2010 11:32:00 AM

Everywhere I look it seems I see the term "cloud computing." Amongst insiders in the hosting industry “the cloud,” has become an inside joke. I think we all know that, as a buzzword, “cloud” is nearly meaningless.

And while the word “cloud” may be meaningless it is giving the hosting industry a fresh coat of paint and much needed hype, boosting the sales of hosted services. It may well be a cause for celebration across the hosting industry. It has grown-up. It's ready for prime time.

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Topics: hosted services, cloud, hosting industry, cloud services, cloud computing, virtualization, xen

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